Rallying for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

An assortment of pictures from recent McCain/Palin rallies. Linnette Vasquez would like to live in Disney World. At the moment, though, she resides in Miami, where she attended a McCain rally last Friday and spotted this shy supporter: [linnette alissa. / Flickr] The same day, togross saw McCain holding up a "Joe the ...

Iraq Veterans Arrested at Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Several Iraq veterans were arrested and injured at Hofstra University during the third presidential debate. They were part of a crowd protesting the Iraq war and wanted to ask each candidate a question. (You can hear them voicing the questions here -- hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) John J Hagan, an ...

Alternate Universe: Al Smith Dinner Roasts

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Disconnected? Or not? [Life As Art / Flickr] So one night McCain and Obama are arguing tensely over Joe the plumber's tax future, and the very next they're needling each other in high humor at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner -- each laughing genuinely at the zingers launched in ...

Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Mccain, Joe the plumber, Obama [Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com / Flickr] Watch or read the third presidential debate here, if you missed it on Wednesday night. A lot of bloggers seemed relieved -- to put it mildly -- that debate season is now over. Here, with equal relief, is a last post-debate roundup. On the ...

Obama Is Not an Arab — But So What If He Were?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 16th, 2008

[John Weise / Flickr] At the same Minnesota rally last week at which McCain said Obama wasn't a scary guy, he also clarified that Obama is not an Arab. "No, ma'am," he said, in response to a woman who felt Obama was of Arab extraction, "No, ma'am. He's a decent family ...

On the GOP’s Use of Fear

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Last Friday at a rally near Minnesota, John McCain reversed course somewhat on linking Obama to terrorists. McCain told a supporter that Obama is a "decent person" he shouldn't be "scared" of. In response, the audience booed McCain. Reigned-in engineer PoliticalOverload -- another ballotvoxregular -- takes on the GOP's use of ...

Obama Predicted Negative Attacks

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Jed Lewison is a ballotvoxregular (featured here and here). More importantly, he lives in Las Vegas, where he writes political thrillers, no doubt informed by his time as a Democratic Senate staffer. He bases this mashup on a July speech, in which Obama predicts that the McCain campaign will portray ...

Recently, On the Campaign Trail

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

Three shots from three rallies in three states this month. University of Dayton political science major Emily says she likes photographing Disney World, but she seems to be documenting the campaign enthusiastically as well. (See another of her election pics here.) This photo was from a Palin rally in Wilmington, Ohio, ...

An Undecided Voter

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

They're mysterious, the undecideds. It all seems to come down to them, but it's not so clear who they are, demographically speaking, or what they're thinking. Google hasn't helped, though most likely I'm not being creative enough with search terms. In any event, we now know that Sharon B12 is ...

Second Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Setting up before the debate [Paul Chenoweth / Flickr] If you were doing something else on Tuesday evening, it's not too late to catch up on the debate. From those who were glued to it, here's some commentary. Fast Kenny at Bark Back News was, big-picture, more impressed with Obama's delivery and ...

Advice for Palin from a Fan

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

[andrewjking87 / Flickr] Barb is a grandmother, homemaker, and former teacher in Toledo, Ohio. She describes herself as a "disciple of Jesus's" and a socially conservative Republican. She supports Palin, and after Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson, Barb had some advice and encouragement for her. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump): Sarah, you just relax ...

Citizens Protest the Bailout Plan

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Last week, citizens everywhere from New York to Albuquerque to Burbank protested the $700B bailout proposal (thanks, Sue Salinger and James Mills). The common theme: how does this help us? Ryan in Fargo would much rather, thank you very much, have a personal assist from the Fed/Treasury. So he made ...

“McCain Wins Debate!” Ad

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Tony Buser, born and living in Reading, Pennsylvania, blogs about webby, techy things. He made a mashup satirizing the bizarre "McCain wins debate!" ad that appeared before the debate even happened. Tony slips that ad onto the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune held by Harry Truman -- which ...

Doodling During the Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Doug Jennings, a graphic artist in West Dundee, Illinois, did some "caricature practice" during the debate: [Doug Jennings / Flickr] Pseudopop draws a lot. He sketched out some of each candidate's favorite debate lines and tropes: [pseudopop / Flickr] Not quite sure what pseudopop thinks of Jim Lehrer's hairstyle.

Debate Parties in Second Life

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Some people the debate watched at a bar. Some people watched with their friends at a party. Some people watched with their friends at a party... in Second Life. Rik Panganiban teaches kids in NYC about the power of technology, and during the debate he had one laptop tuned into ...

Debate Drinking Game

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Kenn Christ from San Francisco watched the first presidential debate with a bunch of friends, and they played a drinking game. As with all good drinking games, the rules were simple. Each candidate had a list of phrases. Whenever either one said any of his phrases, it was time ...

First Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Weighing in [mrdorkesq / Flickr] OK, it's several days after the fact. You've probably heard all you care to about McCain refusing to look at Obama, Obama stumbling over the name of the soldier on his bracelet, or general cluelessness/mindfulness on the financial crisis and the middle class. (If you'd like ...

Palin: The Katie Couric Interview

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

[Notraces Flip Side / Flickr] Mainstream media winced a lot (even on the conservative side) over Palin's two-part interview this week with Katie Couric. The blogosphere today served up very similar reactions. (Help us dig up the smart contrarians here!) Timothy Burke teaches African history, among other things, at Swarthmore. He felt ...

Fundamentals of Her Economy

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Renee from the Midwest -- a "goddess" -- takes photos "to chronicle life." Here she documents two things that are affecting most Americans right now: the economy and the election. The woman in this picture was at an Obama rally in Minneapolis last week, and she had a message for ...

McBritney: Oops, He Did It Again

Posted by Katherine | Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this rather clever Britney Spears parody. It pokes fun at McCain's "flip-flop" on mudslinging -- and lampoons the celebrity and McBush themes that have characterized the negative campaigning from both sides. Bay-Area video artist Bryan Boyce, aka DSquid1901, put it together. He likes satirizing US culture ...